In a Department of Medicine special study to find ways to decrease the burden of electronic health documentation on physicians, Katherine Romp, MD (GIM) reports initial success in recovering time spent in computerized physician order entry. By hiring a Patient Encounter Specialist to master all the ins and outs of entering orders, physicians are able to offload the computer interaction and spend more time with their patients. Positive results include improved order entry accuracy and increased wRVUs for physicians. Learn more about this exciting pilot program here.

Jennie Hamilton (Graduate Student, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) is one of six people awarded a Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship by the Lupus Foundation of America. She works in the lab of John Mountz, MD, PhD. Her research looks at Type 1 interferon induction of B cells that react to the body’s apoptotic cells, a reaction that is one of the hallmarks of systemic lupus erythematosus.

UAB's Comprehensive Transplant Institute has assumed responsibility for clinical operations related to heart, kidney, liver, lung, and pancreas transplantation. Under the directorship of Robert S. Gaston, MD (Nephrology) and co-directorship of Devin E. Eckhoff, MD (Surgery) and Charles W. Hoopes, MD (Surgery), the CTI will integrate physician and administrative leadership in solid organ transplantation to achieve its goals of delivering outstanding care, promoting research in transplantation and immunology, and training the next generation of transplant leaders. Read the full story here.

In order to increase ICU patients’ early mobility, the UAB Care ICU Quality Team recommended that bed rest should be ordered more selectively and only used for patients with certain clinical indications. The new bed rest order was implemented mid-June. This measure is a result of focused attention on PAD (pain, agitation, and delirium) critical care guidelines championed by Steve Stigler, MD (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine) and the ongoing research of the Geriatric Scholars in Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. 

John T. Carpenter, MD, was appointed Professor Emeritus of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Carpenter joined UAB in 1973 as Assistant Professor in Hematology and Oncology. During his tenure he also held appointments in Pathology, Medicine, and Surgery; and he directed UAB Hospital’s Bone Marrow Laboratory from 1974 to 1994. Dr. Carpenter was also active on local and national professional committees and was the recipient of various honors, including Outstanding Teacher in the UAB Division of Hematology and Oncology

Kendra Sheppard, MD (Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) has been selected for the School of Medicine Faculty Scholars Program in Health Disparities and Culturally Responsive Care. The program is designed to generate a cadre of teaching faculty who will champion the integration of health disparity and cultural competency training into medical education at UAB.

Two DOM Professors were appointed to endowed positions at the June 19 meeting of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. Ravi Bhatia, MD (Hematology and Oncology) was appointed as the next holder of the Martha Ann and David L. May Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. Edward W. Hook III, MD, (Director, Infectious Diseases) was chosen to be the inaugural holder of the C. Glenn Cobbs, MD, Endowed Professorship in Infectious Diseases.

New Internal Medicine Clerkship Directors Selected. Winter Williams, MD (General Internal Medicine) will join James Willig, MD, as co-director of the MS3 Internal Medicine Clerkship. Win did his residency (2009-2012) and chief residency (2012-2013) at UAB, and is active in teaching, simulation, and patient safety. Brooks Vaughn, MD (Endocrinology and Metabolism) will be the director of the MS4 Acting Intern rotations and develop curriculum for senior students. He has been heavily involved in teaching the fellows in endocrinology, is a clinical skills scholar for the students, and core clinical faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency. Brooks has an interest in ambulatory medicine, and interprofessional team development. The Department looks forward to their leadership in developing our students for a career in medicine.